Barry returning to Tampa Bay

January, 15, 2009
1/15/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Joe Barry is returning to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as linebackers coach, a source with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com Thursday night.

Barry had been the Tampa Bay linebackers coach before becoming defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions and then-coach Rod Marinelli, who is Barry's father-in-law. But Barry was without a job when Marinelli was fired after an 0-16 season.

There had been some reports that Barry was destined to become Seattle's linebackers coach and joinnew coordinator Casey "Gus'' Bradley, who had just left his spot as Tampa Bay's linebackers coach. But Barry apparently wasn't set to make that move. Barry was a very popular assistant with the Bucs before leaving to join Marinelli.

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ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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